Knitting & Other Stories
Ed. Richard Rossiter
Margaret River Press, $24
This collection of short stories is the end result of the Margaret River short-story competition. On the whole, it's a satisfying read, with finely calibrated writing and strong characterisation. Despite the open selection criteria, many stories focus on the minutiae of domesticity, relationship dynamics and suburban dramas.
The Red Road
In Glasgow, Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is once again at the helm of a team investigating a tricky case. This is Mina's 11th novel and her fourth featuring Morrow, so she is a dab hand at police-procedural fiction. Moving back and forth in time from 1997 to the present, the book is intricately plotted in its exploration of child abuse, money laundering and police corruption. The young female DI makes a nice change.
One Thousand Cuts
This handsomely produced book is illustrated with artwork and photographs. It's a follow-up to Moss's Prime Minister's Award-winning The Hard Light of Day. In this memoir, he continues sharing and evaluating his experiences about living in central Australia - a place he's called home for 30-odd years. What's of particular interest is how, as a white painter, Moss writes about his enduring interactions with an indigenous clan in Alice Springs and how they, along with the surrounding landscape, shaped his art.
BOOK THAT CHANGED ME: INGE SIMPSON
The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill, Dorothy Wall
Author Inga Simpson.
The illustrated tales of a mischievous young koala was first read to me by my mother. I still remember how upset and angry I felt when Blinky's father was shot. The book helped inspire an early affection for our native flora and fauna. Today I'm lucky enough to live among koalas in the wild - and I still have my 1963 childhood copy of Blinky Bill.
Inga Simpson lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and is working on a nature-writing project, Notes from Olvar Wood. Her novel Mr Wigg is about a man who tends an orchard in the last year of his life (Hachette Australia).